Ghent flu shot clinic canceled

GHENT-The Columbia County Department of Health has canceled the community seasonal flu vaccine clinic scheduled for the Ghent Town Hall at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 21.

A release from the department issued Tuesday afternoon said the seasonal flu vaccine clinic would not happen because the vaccine was not available.

The release said the department regretted any inconvenience to county residents. It did not indicate whether the clinic would be rescheduled or when supplies of the vaccine might be received.

Wood boiler reg plan bubbles to surface at Copake meeting

COPAKE–The Town Board is considering adding outdoor wood burning furnace and junkyards/motor vehicle storage area regulations to the town’s zoning ordinance instead of enacting new local laws with enforcement problems.

The Town of Kinderhook imposed a moratorium on the installation of outdoor wood boilers in August while a committee works on a law to regulate them, and the Copake board talked about a similar moratorium. But, in the end Copake board members opted to forego a moratorium and draft a law.

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Can school board function without paper in hand?

CHATHAM–The school board this week discussed the next step toward a proposed $5-million capital improvements project. The plan calls for repairs or upgrades at the district’s buildings and would be paid for with capital reserve funds and federal economic stimulus money, with no additional tax burden placed on district taxpayers.

The board also talked about sharing the position of treasurer with another district, future professional development days for teachers, which would add two half-days to the school calendar, and moving to paperless board communications.

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Greenport spells out its roads policies

GREENPORT–“Keep the Green in Greenport” is the anti-littering slogan adopted by the Town Board at its October meeting last week.

The signs, said Highway Superintendent Mark Gaylord, will remind litterers that they risk fines up to $1,000 for strewing trash.

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Stars align in Chatham

FilmColumbia marks a decade with over 50 movies and events

CHATHAM– FilmColumbia is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The film festival, which FilmColumbia director Calliope Nicholas calls a labor of love, started in 1999 with 12 films over two days. This year there are more than 50 films over four days–October 22 to 25. Screenings include some big- and not-so-big-name films, as well as the work of first-time filmmakers, shown at the historic Crandell Theatre on Main Street, at the Morris Memorial around the corner on Park Row and at the Tracy Memorial, which is the village hall. Last year the film club sold over 6,000 tickets to people from all over the country, says Ms. Nicholas.

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